Auckland Transport have started enabling works for the new $26 million Manukau Bus Station. Actual construction of the station will begin in August and once completed in late 2017 will be a key link in the new bus network for South Auckland. The bus station is across the road from the new train station.
Manukau is a step closer to getting a bus and train transport hub which will make it easier for people to connect between high frequency trains and buses.
Work has started today on the construction of the new Manukau Bus Station, which when completed will be at the heart of a new public transport network for south Auckland. The new connected network is due for implementation in late 2016.
Auckland Transport also released new design images of the station.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Mayor Len Brown and Otara-Papatoetoe Chair Fa’anānā Efeso Collins marked the start of construction works with the turning of the first sods.
Auckland Transport Metro General Manager Mark Lambert says the new bus station will be located right next to Manukau train station and that the Manukau civic offices car park on Putney Way (between Davies Avenue and Osterley Way) will be transformed into a bus station. The train and bus stations will be linked by a covered walkway.
“The 23-bay bus station will be constructed right next to the existing Manukau Train Station with all the amenities of a modern station – a ticket office, customer service area, a large passenger waiting area, convenience kiosks, a drop and ride area, 24-hour security and toilets. It will be pedestrian friendly and be accessible for everyone.
“The public transport hub at Manukau will provide better connections to the places Aucklanders want to go. It will help to reduce reliance on private transport and ease congestion on local and arterial roads.”
With services from all over South Auckland when the new network is rolled out later this year the station will be very busy – they’ll use temporary stops until the bus station is completed.
Here are what AT say the features and benefits of the station are:
- 23-bay bus station right next to the existing Manukau train station.
- 21 sawtooth bays and 2 parallel bays (for additional capacity).
- Built on the site of the Civic Building car park, on Putney Way (between Davies Avenue and Osterley Way).
- Universally accessible.
- Bike parking racks, taxi parking and drop-and-ride area.
- Convenience kiosks, AT Metro customer service and ticket office.
- 24-hour security, help points and CCTV.
- Real time passenger information.
- Waiting lounge, toilets, and bus staff office facilities.
- Supporting the increased volume and movement of buses to and from Manukau and the wider network.
- Provides a key regional bus destination, eg those currently using Leyton Way at Westfield, and will allow people to transfer to regional bus services.
And here’s what the inside of the station is should look like. I’m sure it will be a nice place to wait for a bus but hopefully improved frequencies will see the need to wait long reduced, especially with all of those ghosts hanging around.
The consultation feedback report says that the most requested improvement was for cycling and in particular on how people get to the station as currently there are no dedicated cycling facilities proposed. They say that this sits outside of the scope of this project and that the feedback has been passed to the walking and cycling team however given how busy they are with all of the urban cycleway fund projects it doesn’t seem like something that will happen any time soon.
The station uses a sawtooth design which we’ve questioned in the past. AT say that up to 15 routes will use the station and with the majority of routes starting or ending here the use of the sawtooth design allows them to maximise the use of the space. It’s also a much better use of the space than the carpark that’s on the site currently.
One aspect I do wonder about is whether they should have designed it to allow a future development on top of the station. As the concept image below shows, if Manukau develops as planned this could end up as one of the lowest rise buildings in the area. This is looking south east.
Despite some areas where it could be better, overall the project does look good and should be a good addition to Manukau and the public transport network.